A VALE of Glamorgan council worker is hoping to raise money so he can compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Sprinter Sam Gordon, an activities co-ordinator for the Vale, and member of Cardiff Running Club, aims to make the Great Britain Olympic team for the Tokyo 2020 Games, to be the first Welsh athlete to go under the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres, and to earn a medal in every major championship.

Dubbed 'The fastest man in Wales', he splits his time between training for events, and putting on sport and physical events for youngsters across the Vale.

With a personal best of the Welsh record 10.08s this year, he has high hopes for the future, but for now he now hopes to earn enough to go into full-time training.

“Being in part-time work as well as training six times a week for more than 20 hours is a huge challenge as it is difficult to support myself,” he said. “I have to pay for the majority of my expenses. I have been fortunate enough to be included on the Welsh Athletics funding strategy, which will help, but this funding is not guaranteed and does not give me all the support I need – the funding sadly isn’t enough in Wales and because of this I still have to work alongside training.”

The money raised will help him get to and from training and competitions, buy training kit, and support him in seeking physiotherapy appointments.

You can help Mr Gordon’s aim to reach the Olympics via: gofundme.com/f/lets-put-wales-back-on-the-spinting-map